More companies prioritize amenities geared toward health and convenience with the aim of bringing more employees back to the office.
Turnkey lab with flexible working space


Wellness, sustainability and preservation remain buzzwords in commercial real estate as more companies prioritize amenities geared toward health and convenience with the aim of bringing more employees back to the office. SGA, an architecture, design and planning firm in the Northeast, offers its observations on the hot design trends in 2024.

Wellness-focused workspaces. Features gaining prominence include easy access to outdoor areas, onsite food services, fitness facilities, and staffed IT and tech bars.

Turnkey labs. A growing number of life science companies are expanding their commercial footprints and seeking greater flexibility within their spaces. SGA predicts an increase in move-in ready, international lab facilities in 2024.

Retrofitting. While the real estate industry has focused much attention on the long-term potential to convert empty office space into housing, in the short term, SGA predicts an uptick in office-to-storage space conversions.

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Urban sustainability. SGA says life science companies are seeking building designs that include plants, natural light and sustainable materials in dense urban environments. The company predicts mass timber will emerge as a viable, sustainable construction method for research and lab developments nationwide.

A nod to the past. SGA predicts a rise in culture-rich developments that pay homage to an area’s history and seek to preserve its green spaces.

“Designers and developers will collaborate more closely with historic districts and planning boards, aiming to create cohesive master plans that work seamlessly with the surrounding built and social environment,” SGA says.


Workspace with easy access to outdoor space


Multi-use lab workspace


Arizona was one of the Global states to [best] recover from 2020. While we are doing amazing work in the semiconductor space, we are the number one aerospace industry cluster in the world, and we are diversifying by adding car manufacturing. [These] don’t work without semiconductors, so it’s an interesting tripod effect that is happening.”

- Julie Pettit, president of Arizona Gateway Logistics, speaking on trade, foreign direct investment and the global supply chain at the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit in Phoenix on Feb. 5.


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